Children play trampoline basketball at Area 51

Logan set to be home to Australia’s largest indoor play centre, plus new night markets

Area 51 is an exciting new indoor Adventureland, with a 300-seat café and 10 party rooms, located at Underwood in Brisbane. The centre is currently under construction and when completed will be the largest indoor, fully air-conditioned play centre in Australia covering 7,200 sqm.

The facility will include a multi-level soft playground, ninja course, toddler zone, climbing arena, high ropes, trampoline, air coaster, multi sports court and sensory room. Area 51 will also host education classes for children over 6 years, including ballet, yoga, karate, zumba and cooking classes.

The idea for the Adventureland came from entrepreneur and restaurant owner Jason Wang, who has 2 young boys and wanted to get them out of the house and active.

Aerial image of Area 51 at Underwood

Area 51 is on Kingston Road at Underwood

Owner Jason Wang said the Underwood site was an appealing location for them due to its proximity to major residential areas including Springwood, Underwood and Sunnybank. Jason said Logan Office of Economic Development (LOED) staff made him aware of the former Bunnings site and facilitated many introductions, and the name Area 51 was derived from the address (51 Kingston Road). Council support and the Investment Attraction Incentive Fund (IAIF) were key determinants in final selection of the site.

Timeline of activities

  • March 2020 – Ex-Bunnings site came on to the market via Savills
  • November 2020 – Kassim Investments purchased the site and retained Savills as leasing agent
  • October 2021 – LOED / Council staff introduce the property to Jason Wang
  • December 2021 – LOED refer Mr Wang to Savills to proceed
  • January 2022 – Discussions regarding Investment Attraction Incentive Fund commence
  • February 2022 – Application for IAIF submitted

Area 51 is predicting 70 ongoing jobs as part of operations, equivalent to 20 FTE’s.

The Underwood site also hosted the 2022 Brisbane Chinese Festival earlier this month, and there are plans for a 3,500 sqm Asian night market on the site of the former Bunnings nursery.

Concept plans for a Asian night market at Area 51

Concept plans for a Asian night market at Area 51

“After speaking to my friends in Sunnybank, about the lack of places to go at night and tough conditions for small food businesses, I wanted to create a communal space where food vendors didn’t have to commit to restrictive leases, and could sell their products in a market on a nightly basis” said Mr Wang.

Developments like Area 51 will help drive visitors to Logan and drive the night-time economy.

Area 51 at Underwood opens on Friday 8 July.

Visit our incentives page for more information on the Investment Attraction Incentive Fund and other incentives to invest in the City of Logan

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